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Learning task 1: The history of kites


  • What do we know about kites? Record students' responses on chart.
  • What do we want to find out about making and flying kites? Record responses on chart.
  • Return to this chart at the end of the unit.
  • Discuss - Did we find all the information we needed to answer our questions?
  • If not, investigate why?

Set up a Learning Centre. "Kites" books, photographs, information sheets, hot link pages:
Introduction to Kite Flying

The history of kites

 (Kite flying may have originated in China where it is an ancient tradition to fly kites on the ninth day of the ninth moon).

Shared reading

Discuss and compare these two stories. What is the same? What is different? Make a Venn diagram.

Read other kite stories throughout the unit School Journal Stories (see resources for a list). Shared, guided, independent reading.

Newspaper Kite - This kite uses rolled up newspaper. Read and follow the instructions. (Kite making activities could be in the school hall, or any large space that allows children to work on the floor.)

Published on: 09 Jan 2018